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Single collection of automobilia stars in Mecum Road Art auction

Valuable glass globes from vintage gas pumps are lined up on display | William Hall photos
Valuable glass globes from vintage gas pumps are lined up on display | William Hall photos

By the time this weekend is over, Mecum Auction’s The Road Art Collection could set a world record for the most-valuable single collection of advertising, automobilia and petroliana to ever go to auction. Or so hopes Dana Mecum, who is offering this collection of 1,200-plus pieces in a live, no-reserve auction held today through Saturday at his newly-constructed Mecum Auctions Gallery in Walworth, Wisconsin. Continue reading

Restoration of first-model Lamborghini celebrated at Italian track

The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini
The freshly restored Lamborghini 350 GT on the track | Automobili Lamborghini photos

After Ferruccio Lamborghini took up the challenge from Enzo Ferrari to build his own darn sports car, his company produced the Lamborghini 350 GTV, a futuristic 12-cylinder coupe that debuted at the 1963 Turin Motor Show. Continue reading

Petersen curator shares his vision for museum’s car collection

Some of the classic cars recently on display in the Petersen  Automotive Museum
Some of the classic cars recently on display in the Petersen Automotive Museum

The original structure that still contains the Petersen Automotive Museum was designed by Welton Becket Associates, creators of many Los Angeles architectural icons including the art deco classic Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Capital Records building, the LAX theme building, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the city’s Music Center. Continue reading

Coys claims ’64 DB5 is first social media sale, largest by an app

1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos
1964 Aston Martin DB5 bought for $1 million via Vero app | Coys photos

British auction house Coys says it has sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000 ($1,015,370) and that it not only is “the first time a historic car has been sold directly on social media,” but is the largest known “in-app” purchase of anything to date.

The transaction also was the largest so far via Apple Pay and was done on the Vero platform. Continue reading

Performance Porsches race to top at Silverstone auction

A 'driver focused' 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos
A ‘driver focused’ 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT hit a lofty $193,660 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions held its second annual all-Porsche sale last weekend, selling 70 percent of the 63 sports cars (and one Porsche tractor), as well as collector’s items, for a total of £2.5 million ($3 million at the current exchange rate).

Lightweight performance 911s highlighted the auction, held at the Silverstone Circuit race course at Towcester, England, in conjunction with the Porsche Club GB. Those cars gained strong results, including a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS – Gen II, finished in Carrera White with red wheels and decals, that sold £168,750 ($207,500), more than £30,000 ($37,000) over its lower estimate. All reported sales results include auction premium. Continue reading

‘Yearbook’ reports $1.2 billion in auction sales, down only 1.5%

2015-2016 edition publishes this week | Historic Selectra photos
2015-2016 edition publishes this week | Historic Selectra photos

Sales at major collector car auctions hit $1.2 billion and 201 cars sold for $1 million or more  between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, according to the  21st annual edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, being published Thursday in Padova, Italy, by Historica Selecta. Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson raises the stakes at Las Vegas auction

Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos
Bidders and spectators crowd in for the top-selling car, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson capped off its auction year with a strong sale this past weekend in Las Vegas. Sales totaled $32.5 million, including automobilia sales of $770,000 and $850,000 raised in charity sales. The sell-through rate was 99.2 percent in the overwhelmingly no-reserve auction format, with about 750 collector vehicles offered. Results include auction fees except for charity sales. Continue reading

Artist donates 12,000-pound brick Pontiac to Gilmore museum

'Mom's Favorite Car' arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum's vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos
‘Mom’s Favorite Car’ arrives on trailer at Gilmore museum’s vintage Shell station | Gilmore photos

We often write about classic cars as rolling sculpture. Well, the newest vehicle at the Gilmore Car Museum truly is a sculpture, but since it is made of 12,000 pounds of bricks, it doesn’t really roll.

“Mom’s Favorite Car” is the name of the bas-relief brick sculpture that artist Paula Blincoe Collins has donated to the museum. Collins, who has done more than 200 brick sculptures, created the car for the recent ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1914 Regal Underslung

The suspension design gives the Regal Underslung a rakish stance
The suspension design gives the Regal Underslung a rakish stance

While most early automobiles were tall and tippy, with suspensions not all that different from horse-drawn carriages, there were a handful of companies that pioneered the “underslung” design. Instead of the common practice of mounting the springs and frames above the axles, these cars had their frames suspended below the axles, resulting in lower profiles, better centers of gravity and a more rakish style.

The Pick of the Day is one of these, a 1914 Regal Underslung touring car, a compact and sporty five seater listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a St. Louis, Missouri, dealer, who describes it as a “wonderful older restoration” that has been driven and enjoyed, and is still in good, usable condition. Continue reading

Bonhams posts 94 percent sell-through on vintage motorcycles

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Rare 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight tops Stafford autumn auction at $248,526 | Bonhams photos

Three motorcycles — a 1924 Croft-Cameron 996cc Super Eight, a 1948 Vincent-HRD 998 Black Shadow Series and a 1937 Brough Superior with sidecar combination – each sold for six figures over the weekend at Bonhams’ Autumn Stafford sale. The fall version of the twice-a-year auction of vintage motorcycles generated $1.91 million in sales. Continue reading